Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Incident Response

DEF CON China Conference Postponed Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

The second edition of the DEF CON China hacking conference has been put on hold as the country is fighting the coronavirus outbreak. 

The second edition of the DEF CON China hacking conference has been put on hold as the country is fighting the coronavirus outbreak. 

The outbreak is prompting China to put several cities in lockdown. Beijing has also restricted travel and canceled a variety of events. 

The DEF CON China 2.0 conference is one of the events impacted by the health scare. Initially planned for April 17-19 in Beijing, the hacking event is currently on hold, for an undefined period of time. 

“China has announced a six-month hold on events like ours as part of the effort to combat the coronavirus outbreak. We regret inconveniencing any of you. Know that we are committed to holding the event once it’s safe to do so,” an announcement on the conference’s website reads. 

The coronaviruses cause diseases in mammals and birds and typically only mild respiratory infections in humans. In rare cases, however, these can be lethal to humans, as is the current outbreak. 

While China’s health authorities said that the virus outbreak has killed 106 people and infected 4,515 in China, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the disease is not spreading through human-to-human contact in the U.S. and the risk to the public is currently still considered low.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.
Written By

Ionut Arghire is an international correspondent for SecurityWeek.

Click to comment

Daily Briefing Newsletter

Subscribe to the SecurityWeek Email Briefing to stay informed on the latest threats, trends, and technology, along with insightful columns from industry experts.

SecurityWeek’s Threat Detection and Incident Response Summit brings together security practitioners from around the world to share war stories on breaches, APT attacks and threat intelligence.


Securityweek’s CISO Forum will address issues and challenges that are top of mind for today’s security leaders and what the future looks like as chief defenders of the enterprise.


Expert Insights

Related Content


A recently disclosed vBulletin vulnerability, which had a zero-day status for roughly two days last week, was exploited in a hacker attack targeting the...

Data Breaches

LastPass DevOp engineer's home computer hacked and implanted with keylogging malware as part of a sustained cyberattack that exfiltrated corporate data from the cloud...

Application Security

GitHub this week announced the revocation of three certificates used for the GitHub Desktop and Atom applications.

Data Breaches

GoTo said an unidentified threat actor stole encrypted backups and an encryption key for a portion of that data during a 2022 breach.

Incident Response

Microsoft has rolled out a preview version of Security Copilot, a ChatGPT-powered tool to help organizations automate cybersecurity tasks.

Incident Response

Meta has developed a ten-phase cyber kill chain model that it believes will be more inclusive and more effective than the existing range of...

Artificial Intelligence

Two new surveys stress the need for automation and AI – but one survey raises the additional specter of the growing use of bring...

Application Security

Password management firm LastPass says the hackers behind an August data breach stole a massive stash of customer data, including password vault data that...